Learn how to obtain your Georgia fishing license, general rules and regulations and about various area waterways. There are some seasonal fishing areas that are off limits and others that are year round. Be sure you are within the law as you enjoy your fishing adventure.
Fishing in Blue Ridge
Get a Fishing License for Blue Ridge, GA
|First step: Get a Fishing License for Blue Ridge, GA
You can get a Georgia Fishing License Online
Second Step: Fish by the fish attractors at Lake Blue Ridge!!
Click the link below to see the video clips and for the location of the fish attractors to improve your odds (make your kids think you`re a rock star), or ignore if you`re a hardcore sportsman.
Then try the 3,290 acre reservoir on the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, Georgia. The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the reservoir, so you should check the water release times for safety and to improve your odds of catching some of the cool water fish. Call the TVA 1-800-238-2254 for automated generation schedule before heading out on the Toccoa River below the Lake Blue Ridge dam. Note the river is easily navigated by canoe, tube, or small boat and you can wade in several places. Visit the TVA site for Toccoa River releases and Lake Blue Ridge water levels.
At Lake Blue Ridge you`re likely to encounter bluegill, largemouth bass, white bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, and walleye (spring to fall - best at night due to the clear water). Visit the GDNR for more fishing tips on how to catch these monsters!
Georgia Trout Fishing
|Fly fishing enthusiasts consider the lower Toccoa River a dream, so bring your fly rod and woolly buggers. Trout represent 75% of the lower Toccoa River game fish, which the WRD stocks annually with traditional rainbows and brown trout adults and fingerlings. The river supports natural reproduction, so most of these wild and hold over trout behave naturally for great fishing and taste great! The average size is 9" but it`s not unlikely to land a 12" to 16" trout with the occasional 20" big boy.
Georgia has roughly 4K miles of trout streams that are stocked and regulated to meet the demands of 100K+ trout anglers. The Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stock our Georgia streams with rainbow, brown and brook trout from late March through August. So read the information below to help you plan a great fishing trip in Blue Ridge and surrounding communities.
Seasonal trout streams: OPEN to fishing from the last Saturday in March through October 31st each year
Fishing hours for trout streams (except Waters Creek): 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset (remember night fishing is not allowed)
Georgia Delayed Harvest Streams (great for beginners)
Fannin County - Toccoa River near Blue Ridge
White County - Smith Creek 2 counties over from Blue Ridge
Nearby County Streams
Fannin County Streams (Blue Ridge, GA)
Seasonal: Charlie Creek watershed; Etowah River watershed; Jacks River watershed; Owenby Creek watershed; Persimmon Creek watershed; South Fork Rapier Mill Creek watershed; Star Creek watershed; Toccoa River tributary watersheds entering the river downstream from Blue Ridge Reservoir to the Georgia-Tennessee state line and upstream from the mouth of Stanley Creek except those listed as year-round; Tumbling Creek watershed; Wilscot Creek watershed.
Year-round: Conasauga River watershed (except Jacks River watershed); Ellijay River watershed; Fightingtown Creek watershed; Mountaintown Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed